Course content

In statistics, we are used to search for the best predictors of some random variable. In many situations, however, we are interested in predicting a system's behavior under manipulations. For such an analysis, we require knowledge about the underlying causal structure of the system. In this course, we study concepts and theory behind causal inference.


MSc programme in Statistics

Learning outcome


  • understand the language and concepts of causal inference
  • know the assumptions under which one can infer causal relations from observational and/or interventional data


  • describe and apply different methods for causal structure learning


  • given data and a causal structure, derive causal effects and predictions of interventional experiments

4 hours lectures and 4 hours of exercises per week for 7 weeks.

See Absalon for a list of course literature.

Basic knowledge of probability theory and regression, e.g. MI, Stat1 or equivalent courses

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
There will be six assignments, weighted equally.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner.
Criteria for exam assessment

The student must in a satisfactory way demonstrate that he/she has mastered the learning outcome of the course.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 35
  • Exam
  • 115
  • English
  • 206